Statistics SA has released an interesting report stating that despite the deplorable economic state of the country, the number of young people living below the poverty line has decreased across all provinces.
Releasing its statistical data showing result from 2009-2014, Statistic SA said the country isn’t yet doing too bad as the number of people leaving below poverty level isn’t as high as expected.
Analyzing the socio economic and demographic profile of the youth in the country, statistic SA paid attention on various important aspects including employment, education and access to housing and other basic services.
There it says although less young people in the country were living under the poverty line by the end of 2014, unemployment is still one of the major and most persistent problems facing the country.
The organization also raised concern over the decreased number of youths among the employed from about 47 percent in 2009 to just under 40 percent in 2014.
It says the proportion of economically active youth declined over the past five years adding that between 2009 and 2014, labour force participation rates in adults increased slightly by 0.6% while that observed among youth declined by 1.7 %.
This could be interpreted to means that by the end of 2014 two thirds of South Africa’s five million unemployed were made up of the youth aged between 15-34 years.
Unemployment has been one of the pressing issues government has been drawn to address recently. Jobless rate in the country is said to have decreased to 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 25.5 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 25.5 percent.
This record was the lowest reading since the last quarter of 2014, as number of unemployed went down by 4.2 percent to 5.2 million while employment went up at a slower 1.2 percent to 16 million.
South Africans are therefore more eager to see the government putting more effort in job creation among other basic needs it has to provide for the citizens.
In addition to the report, Statistics SA also says black youth have increased immensely between between 2009 and 2014.
According to the statistical report, black south African youth have increased by 7.3% against the colored and white race in the country which records 2.9% and 1.9% respectively.